The majestic Matumi 

  • medium to large evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 m
  • naturally found in riverine forests and along the banks of permanent rivers and streams
  • single-trunked with a moderate density and an irregular, narrow canopy of shiny green leaves
  • the leathery leaves are thin with a smooth margin and tend to grow upwards, like the leaves of a pineapple.
  • bark is grey brown and rough and sometimes has light green lichen patches
  • small flowers are inconspicuous and sweetly scented
  • pale yellow spheres carry the fruit of the tree from November to March
  • needs very well-watered soils and is not frost or drought-resistant
  • grows well in coarse sandy soils or rocky areas and will flourish close to large ponds, dams or streams
  • leaves are browsed by game
  • an ideal tree to plant close to watering holes or rivers in a game farm environment